T mapping performance and measurement repeatability: results from the multi-national T mapping standardization phantom program (T1MES).

Captur, Gabriella, Bhandari, Abhiyan, Brühl, Rüdiger, Ittermann, Bernd, Keenan, Kathryn E, Yang, Ye, Eames, Richard J, Benedetti, Giulia, Torlasco, Camilla, Ricketts, Lewis, Boubertakh, Redha, Fatih, Nasri, Greenwood, John P, Paulis, Leonie E M, Lawton, Chris B, Bucciarelli-Ducci, Chiara, Lamb, Hildo J, Steeds, Richard, Leung, Steve W, Berry, Colin, Valentin, Sinitsyn, Flett, Andrew, de Lange, Charlotte, DeCobelli, Francesco, Viallon, Magalie, Croisille, Pierre, Higgins, David M, Greiser, Andreas, Pang, Wenjie, Hamilton-Craig, Christian, Strugnell, Wendy E, Dresselaers, Tom, Barison, Andrea, Dawson, Dana, Taylor, Andrew J, Mongeon, François-Pierre, Plein, Sven, Messroghli, Daniel, Al-Mallah, Mouaz, Grieve, Stuart M, Lombardi, Massimo, Jang, Jihye, Salerno, Michael, Chaturvedi, Nish, Kellman, Peter, Bluemke, David A, Nezafat, Reza, Gatehouse, Peter and Moon, James C (2020) T mapping performance and measurement repeatability: results from the multi-national T mapping standardization phantom program (T1MES). Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 22 (1). p. 31. ISSN 1532-429X. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

The T Mapping and Extracellular volume (ECV) Standardization (T1MES) program explored T mapping quality assurance using a purpose-developed phantom with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Conformité Européenne (CE) regulatory clearance. We report T measurement repeatability across centers describing sequence, magnet, and vendor performance.

METHODS

Phantoms batch-manufactured in August 2015 underwent 2 years of structural imaging, B and B, and "reference" slow T testing. Temperature dependency was evaluated by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology and by the German Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. Center-specific T mapping repeatability (maximum one scan per week to minimum one per quarter year) was assessed over mean 358 (maximum 1161) days on 34 1.5 T and 22 3 T magnets using multiple T mapping sequences. Image and temperature data were analyzed semi-automatically. Repeatability of serial T was evaluated in terms of coefficient of variation (CoV), and linear mixed models were constructed to study the interplay of some of the known sources of T variation.

RESULTS

Over 2 years, phantom gel integrity remained intact (no rips/tears), B and B homogenous, and "reference" T stable compared to baseline (% change at 1.5 T, 1.95 ± 1.39%; 3 T, 2.22 ± 1.44%). Per degrees Celsius, 1.5 T, T (MOLLI 5s(3s)3s) increased by 11.4 ms in long native blood tubes and decreased by 1.2 ms in short post-contrast myocardium tubes. Agreement of estimated T times with "reference" T was similar across Siemens and Philips CMR systems at both field strengths (adjusted R ranges for both field strengths, 0.99-1.00). Over 1 year, many 1.5 T and 3 T sequences/magnets were repeatable with mean CoVs < 1 and 2% respectively. Repeatability was narrower for 1.5 T over 3 T. Within T1MES repeatability for native T was narrow for several sequences, for example, at 1.5 T, Siemens MOLLI 5s(3s)3s prototype number 448B (mean CoV = 0.27%) and Philips modified Look-Locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) 3s(3s)5s (CoV 0.54%), and at 3 T, Philips MOLLI 3b(3s)5b (CoV 0.33%) and Siemens shortened MOLLI (ShMOLLI) prototype 780C (CoV 0.69%). After adjusting for temperature and field strength, it was found that the T mapping sequence and scanner software version (both P < 0.001 at 1.5 T and 3 T), and to a lesser extent the scanner model (P = 0.011, 1.5 T only), had the greatest influence on T across multiple centers.

CONCLUSION

The T1MES CE/FDA approved phantom is a robust quality assurance device. In a multi-center setting, T mapping had performance differences between field strengths, sequences, scanner software versions, and manufacturers. However, several specific combinations of field strength, sequence, and scanner are highly repeatable, and thus, have potential to provide standardized assessment of T times for clinical use, although temperature correction is required for native T tubes at least.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WX Health services > WX135 Health services management
Divisions: Emergency Services > Cardiology
Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 14:23
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 14:45
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3071

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